Schools win big on Mandela Day

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the good Samaritans that contributed towards education as the nation commemorated the Mandela Day centenary on Wednesday.

The department said it was humbled by the many corporates, NGOs, sister government departments and individual South Africans that commemorated International Mandela Day by giving not only of their time but resources to benefiting schools across the country.

“The department is grateful for the contributions that include science laboratories, shoes given to learners, unveiling of new buildings, the massive clean-up activities, painting and renovation of classrooms and other forms of gifts aimed at creating a conducive environment for learning and teaching,” the department said on Thursday.

Motshekga urged the recipients of all the contributions to continue to take good care of it for the benefit of the future users.

The Minister and Deputy Minister Enver Surty marked Mandela Day by visiting schools in Bertrams, Tembisa and Lenasia.

18 July 2018 also marked the centenary of the Bertrams’ Junior School in Johannesburg.

At the school, Motshekga joined MP Joanmarie Fubbs, alumni and learners in marking both centenaries.

“We are grateful to the OR Tambo International Airport for the provision of the school library to ensure that the learners and teachers of Gahlanso Primary School have access to reading and information resources,” Minister Motshekga said at the handover of a container library donated by OR Tambo International Airport.

“It is undoubted that indeed as Nelson Mandela said ‘Education is the engine of Development’, as such it is pertinent that South Africans have shown their faith in the next generation by giving of their time to help improve the lives of learners through their generous donations,” the Minister said.

“South Africans have once again shown their collective spirit by backing the future of the nation’s youngest citizens and their schools.

“As a department, we are humbled by the generous contributions made to schools which have been major beneficiaries of the Mandela Day generosity; thank you,” said Motshekga. –